Sumatran tiger killed in zoo, body taken away

Sumatran tiger killed in zoo, body taken away

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Jambi (ANTARA News) – Thieves killed a female Sumatran tiger (phantera tigris Sumatrae) at the Taman Rimba Zoo here early on Saturday and took the animal`s body.

Jambi police chief Adjunct Commissioner Posma Lubis said the thieves killed Shela, the tiger, and took away its body at around 3am leaving the animal`s intestines.

The police were still investigating the case and searching those that had stolen the animal weighing 125 kilograms.

He said five people had been questioned as witnesses including the head of the city`s animal hunsbandry service, Hanif Lubis, the head of the zoo, Adrianis and zoo keepers Widodo, M Nasir and Madikwan.

Mudikwan was the first who knew about the theft. Mudikwan was about to enter into the cage to clean it when he saw blood, intestines and slices of meat in the cage.

The rest of the body was gone, believably taken by the thieves numbering predictably more than three persons.

Lubis said he believed they were professional because he saw no sign of damages on the cage.

Sumatran tigers which are protected have indeed been targeted by stuffing collectors and their price are high. “Seeing this police for the time being predict the actors are professional and have an international network,” he said.

The zoo initially had three Sumatran tigers namely Shela and Rangga who died a few months ago because of an illness and old age and Salma, a female tiger caught some time ago after devouring a man.

Salma was released again to the forest a few months ago after being quarantined in the zoo for some time.

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